Watford say they won't be completely overhauling their squad this summer

Watford Observer: Picture: Dave Peters Picture: Dave Peters

Watford will not be overhauling the squad this summer but will centre the club’s transfer strategy around stability and building on the current core of key players.

The Hornets have made 18 additions to the playing squad this season and at the start of the 2012/13 campaign they made 16 signings, which initially left head coach Gianfranco Zola having to juggle 39 professional players.

The high turnover was aimed at arming Zola with a team capable of securing promotion to the Premier League but many of the players struggled to adapt.

When asked what the focus of Watford's recruitment policy would be this summer, chief executive Scott Duxbury said: “It is about having stability and building on that.

“Many of the players that joined the squad last year will have gained invaluable Championship experience and it's important we build on this.

“Clearly we have to learn from some of the mistakes we have made this season and there are certain players and player profiles which we will look to add to the squad in the summer.

“Like any squad there will be fine tuning and movement but the core of the squad is there and stability is the key word.

“If we do that then we will have a very competitive squad next season.”

Since the Pozzo family took over Watford, several of the club’s acquisitions have come from sister clubs Udinese and Granada.

Duxbury insists the Hornets’transfer policy draws significant benefits from the Italian owners, namely long-term financial stability and a broader knowledge of players.

“The real advantage of the Pozzo ownership is it gives us stability and it gives us access to players we otherwise wouldn’t be able to either get, from a competitive point of view, or perhaps even afford,” Duxbury said.

“It is about their knowledge of players on a worldwide scale and not just from Udinese or Granada.

“If you spend £10m on a player trying to get promoted and it doesn’t work then you are in a difficult position. Our model allows us to build a sustainable squad over time and adapt to the demands of the Championship.”

He continued: “With the knowledge the Pozzo network possesses including the obvious strong connection with Udinese and Granada this gives us information for example on which players are unhappy at their club or which players want a new challenge and which players we could move quickly for and on terms which would suit Watford.

“We don’t just use that knowledge for Udinese and Granada though, for example it was this scouting network which allowed us to sign [Daniel] Tozser.

“It is that kind of knowledge which enables us to sign those kind of players before other clubs and I think that is of huge benefit to us.”

Watford finished third in the Championship last season before missing out on promotion to the Premier League after losing to Crystal Palace in the play-off final.

Despite high expectations at the start of the current campaign, the Golden Boys have failed to keep pace with the league's leading pack and Duxbury admits lessons have been learned.

"We are learning from the mistakes, we are learning from the experiences and it is only a matter of time before we have a squad which has the necessary experience and is very competitive and we will achieve what we want to do," he said.

“We nearly did it in the first season and this season it has been in many cases an unexpected transitional year – learning and gaining experience – and it has been slightly disappointing because we all thought we would push on from last season.

“But there are still huge positives from this season, such as our home form under Sannino, and if we learn and build on top of that then I think there can only be optimism for the season ahead.”

Beppe Sannino’s side are currently nine points away from the last play-off place, albeit with a game in hand.

Duxbury admits it will be a tough task to close the gap in the 11 matches remaining but insists the squad have still not given up hope.

“The play-offs are absolutely our target," he said. "Until it is mathematically impossible, the team will fight until the end.

“Football is strange and anything can happen. We are certainly not giving up on it but we are also not silly, we are realistic.

“It will be tough but stranger things have happened.”

Duxbury's comments were part of an exclusive sit-down interview with the Watford Observer. More of his comments will be uploaded later today.

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7:40am Fri 21 Mar 14

only5foot3 says...

Duxberry has the full backing of the watford fans, i believe.
Duxberry has the full backing of the watford fans, i believe. only5foot3
  • Score: 41

7:42am Fri 21 Mar 14

SAHornet says...

Interesting comments from Duxbury especially about learning from mistakes already made. Would hope that Nani has learned the biggest lesson - more british steel, less foreign fragility. Don't get me wrong, I love the Pozzo model, I just think it's slightly too heavily swayed towards our foreign contingent. A bit more balance and I reckon we'll get there next season.
Interesting comments from Duxbury especially about learning from mistakes already made. Would hope that Nani has learned the biggest lesson - more british steel, less foreign fragility. Don't get me wrong, I love the Pozzo model, I just think it's slightly too heavily swayed towards our foreign contingent. A bit more balance and I reckon we'll get there next season. SAHornet
  • Score: 38

8:12am Fri 21 Mar 14

endean2 says...

well not sure that I learnt anything from reading that article that was not
common knowledge already
Interesting that the one shinning light we signed Tozer was mentioned
and no others.No, I think a radical re think is necessary in our transfer
policy to achieve promotion next year as we got in so much DROSS
this season.Definitely more home grown players who arrive both fully
fit and with both legs attached hopefully.
well not sure that I learnt anything from reading that article that was not common knowledge already Interesting that the one shinning light we signed Tozer was mentioned and no others.No, I think a radical re think is necessary in our transfer policy to achieve promotion next year as we got in so much DROSS this season.Definitely more home grown players who arrive both fully fit and with both legs attached hopefully. endean2
  • Score: -12

9:13am Fri 21 Mar 14

mkhornet says...

I think that we have a good core in the team and with probably 3 additions (a pacy striker, a quality wing back, and a creative midfielder) plus keep Tozser and get Abdi fully fit then we'll be a handful next year.
I think that we have a good core in the team and with probably 3 additions (a pacy striker, a quality wing back, and a creative midfielder) plus keep Tozser and get Abdi fully fit then we'll be a handful next year. mkhornet
  • Score: 24

9:18am Fri 21 Mar 14

Harry's Bar says...

Fair play to Duxbury for coming out and admitting that mistakes have been made. Interesting though that Nani refused to give an interview, leaving Duxbury to do it. Significant?

Personally I don't think it's all about foreign players or home grown players, it's about getting the right players.
Fair play to Duxbury for coming out and admitting that mistakes have been made. Interesting though that Nani refused to give an interview, leaving Duxbury to do it. Significant? Personally I don't think it's all about foreign players or home grown players, it's about getting the right players. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 24

9:23am Fri 21 Mar 14

mellow yellow says...

mkhornet wrote:
I think that we have a good core in the team and with probably 3 additions (a pacy striker, a quality wing back, and a creative midfielder) plus keep Tozser and get Abdi fully fit then we'll be a handful next year.
We have creative midfielders, it's just unfortunate that the best one has been out of action pretty much all season. However, we do suffer from a lack of genuine wing backs, even though Pudil does get better and better. Faraoni is totally wasted as a back, and cannot defend, so should be in a midfield position methinks. The biggest, and most glaring, omission has been the pacy striker we all long for. Get that sorted, get Tozser and merkel to stay, and we have one very good squad. The season isn't over, but it's a big, big ask.
[quote][p][bold]mkhornet[/bold] wrote: I think that we have a good core in the team and with probably 3 additions (a pacy striker, a quality wing back, and a creative midfielder) plus keep Tozser and get Abdi fully fit then we'll be a handful next year.[/p][/quote]We have creative midfielders, it's just unfortunate that the best one has been out of action pretty much all season. However, we do suffer from a lack of genuine wing backs, even though Pudil does get better and better. Faraoni is totally wasted as a back, and cannot defend, so should be in a midfield position methinks. The biggest, and most glaring, omission has been the pacy striker we all long for. Get that sorted, get Tozser and merkel to stay, and we have one very good squad. The season isn't over, but it's a big, big ask. mellow yellow
  • Score: 13

9:49am Fri 21 Mar 14

mooneysmagic says...

Hopefully a lot less use of loanees next season who generally have given nothing to the club and displayed minimal effort. Merkel and Tozser excepted, the rest have been poor especially Diakite, McEachran and Thorne.
Hopefully a lot less use of loanees next season who generally have given nothing to the club and displayed minimal effort. Merkel and Tozser excepted, the rest have been poor especially Diakite, McEachran and Thorne. mooneysmagic
  • Score: -2

9:51am Fri 21 Mar 14

vag1 says...

Good to hear, stability the key. Need to move some on permanently though:

OUT:

Fabbrini
Acuna
Faraoni
Hall
Nosworthy
Iriney
Jenkins
Cassetti (as much as it hurts)
Samba D

IN:

English CB (if still playing 3-5-2)
WB
Toszer
Merkel
CF
Good to hear, stability the key. Need to move some on permanently though: OUT: Fabbrini Acuna Faraoni Hall Nosworthy Iriney Jenkins Cassetti (as much as it hurts) Samba D IN: English CB (if still playing 3-5-2) WB Toszer Merkel CF vag1
  • Score: -2

10:21am Fri 21 Mar 14

gloryhornet4 says...

vag1 wrote:
Good to hear, stability the key. Need to move some on permanently though:

OUT:

Fabbrini
Acuna
Faraoni
Hall
Nosworthy
Iriney
Jenkins
Cassetti (as much as it hurts)
Samba D

IN:

English CB (if still playing 3-5-2)
WB
Toszer
Merkel
CF
What no Kevin Phillips coming in.

Cassetti - I cannot understand how he keeps going.
[quote][p][bold]vag1[/bold] wrote: Good to hear, stability the key. Need to move some on permanently though: OUT: Fabbrini Acuna Faraoni Hall Nosworthy Iriney Jenkins Cassetti (as much as it hurts) Samba D IN: English CB (if still playing 3-5-2) WB Toszer Merkel CF[/p][/quote]What no Kevin Phillips coming in. Cassetti - I cannot understand how he keeps going. gloryhornet4
  • Score: -7

10:38am Fri 21 Mar 14

Cuthbert007 says...

Ishmail miller would do a job for us. He is big and strong. I also want Toszer to stay. Not sure about merkel bit disappointed so far. Need a striker or strikers with pace like vydra. Deeney can only hold it up and cant take players on. Anya is class and so much pace. Andy Johnson would be good.
Ishmail miller would do a job for us. He is big and strong. I also want Toszer to stay. Not sure about merkel bit disappointed so far. Need a striker or strikers with pace like vydra. Deeney can only hold it up and cant take players on. Anya is class and so much pace. Andy Johnson would be good. Cuthbert007
  • Score: -43

11:19am Fri 21 Mar 14

rogeruk says...

only5foot3 wrote:
Duxberry has the full backing of the watford fans, i believe.
What he says makes sense, I like his admission and recognition they have made mistakes, it takes a man to admit that, some posters on this site could learn from him!

Next season with the new stand could be special. Still haven't given up on this season though!
[quote][p][bold]only5foot3[/bold] wrote: Duxberry has the full backing of the watford fans, i believe.[/p][/quote]What he says makes sense, I like his admission and recognition they have made mistakes, it takes a man to admit that, some posters on this site could learn from him! Next season with the new stand could be special. Still haven't given up on this season though! rogeruk
  • Score: 13

11:44am Fri 21 Mar 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Makes sense but frustrating that we had the big overhaul after we came so close to going up, then don't plan to have an overhaul after we have become distinctly mid table ! Getting out of this league (the right direction) will become more and more difficult as we compete with ex prem teams with their coffers full with parachute money. To be a serious threat next year we need a new keeper (MA going, Bond decent but not ready for #1), keep Tozser, Deeney, Anya, get a nippy striker and get Abdi fit. Even then I think we'll be top half, challenging but no playoff or promotion guarantee.
Makes sense but frustrating that we had the big overhaul after we came so close to going up, then don't plan to have an overhaul after we have become distinctly mid table ! Getting out of this league (the right direction) will become more and more difficult as we compete with ex prem teams with their coffers full with parachute money. To be a serious threat next year we need a new keeper (MA going, Bond decent but not ready for #1), keep Tozser, Deeney, Anya, get a nippy striker and get Abdi fit. Even then I think we'll be top half, challenging but no playoff or promotion guarantee. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: -1

12:28pm Fri 21 Mar 14

endean2 says...

Cuthbert007 wrote:
Ishmail miller would do a job for us. He is big and strong. I also want Toszer to stay. Not sure about merkel bit disappointed so far. Need a striker or strikers with pace like vydra. Deeney can only hold it up and cant take players on. Anya is class and so much pace. Andy Johnson would be good.
100% agree with that, would love to see that man play beside Deeney,
Yeovil got him on loan from Forest so surely we could get him on a
permanent transfer. GREAT PLAYER
[quote][p][bold]Cuthbert007[/bold] wrote: Ishmail miller would do a job for us. He is big and strong. I also want Toszer to stay. Not sure about merkel bit disappointed so far. Need a striker or strikers with pace like vydra. Deeney can only hold it up and cant take players on. Anya is class and so much pace. Andy Johnson would be good.[/p][/quote]100% agree with that, would love to see that man play beside Deeney, Yeovil got him on loan from Forest so surely we could get him on a permanent transfer. GREAT PLAYER endean2
  • Score: -27

12:36pm Fri 21 Mar 14

jasonwatford says...

Cant believe I read such stupid comments on here - Faraoni is pure quality and the more he gets to grip with championship football the better he will get. When we get to the Prem he will be an outstanding player.
Cant believe I read such stupid comments on here - Faraoni is pure quality and the more he gets to grip with championship football the better he will get. When we get to the Prem he will be an outstanding player. jasonwatford
  • Score: 21

12:55pm Fri 21 Mar 14

SAHornet says...

Just want to caution against expectations that Abdi will come back at all. Most on here know that Plantar Faciitis is a fickle and excruciating problem and there are absolutely no guarantees that he will conquer it. We all hope so though. Operations for this are very rarely performed as the success rate is tiny.
Just want to caution against expectations that Abdi will come back at all. Most on here know that Plantar Faciitis is a fickle and excruciating problem and there are absolutely no guarantees that he will conquer it. We all hope so though. Operations for this are very rarely performed as the success rate is tiny. SAHornet
  • Score: 4

12:56pm Fri 21 Mar 14

mellow yellow says...

jasonwatford wrote:
Cant believe I read such stupid comments on here - Faraoni is pure quality and the more he gets to grip with championship football the better he will get. When we get to the Prem he will be an outstanding player.
Who is that comment aimed at?
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Cant believe I read such stupid comments on here - Faraoni is pure quality and the more he gets to grip with championship football the better he will get. When we get to the Prem he will be an outstanding player.[/p][/quote]Who is that comment aimed at? mellow yellow
  • Score: -7

1:41pm Fri 21 Mar 14

big_doris says...

The word "stability" appears five times in this article. Duxbury has worked out his message - and it's something that I, for one, welcome.

Talking about stability - and not promotion - should also help reduce fans' excessive expectations. I particularly welcome that too.

Duxbury's message is, of course, just words at present. I sincerely hope his mantra of 'stability' doesn't turn out as hollow as Gordon Brown's mantra of 'prudence' in the years leading up the Big Crash. I'd like to think I've got another 40 years of supporting Watford ahead of me - the same again - and I'm not in any hurry to have them risked for the sake of achieving Premier League status.
The word "stability" appears five times in this article. Duxbury has worked out his message - and it's something that I, for one, welcome. Talking about stability - and not promotion - should also help reduce fans' excessive expectations. I particularly welcome that too. Duxbury's message is, of course, just words at present. I sincerely hope his mantra of 'stability' doesn't turn out as hollow as Gordon Brown's mantra of 'prudence' in the years leading up the Big Crash. I'd like to think I've got another 40 years of supporting Watford ahead of me - the same again - and I'm not in any hurry to have them risked for the sake of achieving Premier League status. big_doris
  • Score: 5

3:52pm Fri 21 Mar 14

1234566789 says...

mooneysmagic wrote:
Hopefully a lot less use of loanees next season who generally have given nothing to the club and displayed minimal effort. Merkel and Tozser excepted, the rest have been poor especially Diakite, McEachran and Thorne.
Thorne was class!
[quote][p][bold]mooneysmagic[/bold] wrote: Hopefully a lot less use of loanees next season who generally have given nothing to the club and displayed minimal effort. Merkel and Tozser excepted, the rest have been poor especially Diakite, McEachran and Thorne.[/p][/quote]Thorne was class! 1234566789
  • Score: 12

3:55pm Fri 21 Mar 14

jasonwatford says...

mellow yellow wrote:
jasonwatford wrote:
Cant believe I read such stupid comments on here - Faraoni is pure quality and the more he gets to grip with championship football the better he will get. When we get to the Prem he will be an outstanding player.
Who is that comment aimed at?
Vag1...Why ?
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Cant believe I read such stupid comments on here - Faraoni is pure quality and the more he gets to grip with championship football the better he will get. When we get to the Prem he will be an outstanding player.[/p][/quote]Who is that comment aimed at?[/p][/quote]Vag1...Why ? jasonwatford
  • Score: -1

4:08pm Fri 21 Mar 14

hurlsburls says...

Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
Makes sense but frustrating that we had the big overhaul after we came so close to going up, then don't plan to have an overhaul after we have become distinctly mid table ! Getting out of this league (the right direction) will become more and more difficult as we compete with ex prem teams with their coffers full with parachute money. To be a serious threat next year we need a new keeper (MA going, Bond decent but not ready for #1), keep Tozser, Deeney, Anya, get a nippy striker and get Abdi fit. Even then I think we'll be top half, challenging but no playoff or promotion guarantee.
What are you proposing? That we should have another massive player overhaul at the end of this season? Surely that would be really disruptive and we'd be back to square one with trying to find our best starting XI. Or are you suggesting that we should have had one in the transfer window just gone? The team has apprently stabilised having put together an impressive unbeaten run at home with the goals against drying up. I think it makes perfect sense for the club to target a handful of players for key positions. We are only mid table because of the dreadful run we had that ended with Zola walking. I'd suggest that things could be very different if Sannino is in charge for an entire season. Oh and we are top half (just about) and still challenging for the play offs (mathematically)...
[quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: Makes sense but frustrating that we had the big overhaul after we came so close to going up, then don't plan to have an overhaul after we have become distinctly mid table ! Getting out of this league (the right direction) will become more and more difficult as we compete with ex prem teams with their coffers full with parachute money. To be a serious threat next year we need a new keeper (MA going, Bond decent but not ready for #1), keep Tozser, Deeney, Anya, get a nippy striker and get Abdi fit. Even then I think we'll be top half, challenging but no playoff or promotion guarantee.[/p][/quote]What are you proposing? That we should have another massive player overhaul at the end of this season? Surely that would be really disruptive and we'd be back to square one with trying to find our best starting XI. Or are you suggesting that we should have had one in the transfer window just gone? The team has apprently stabilised having put together an impressive unbeaten run at home with the goals against drying up. I think it makes perfect sense for the club to target a handful of players for key positions. We are only mid table because of the dreadful run we had that ended with Zola walking. I'd suggest that things could be very different if Sannino is in charge for an entire season. Oh and we are top half (just about) and still challenging for the play offs (mathematically)... hurlsburls
  • Score: 3

4:25pm Fri 21 Mar 14

mellow yellow says...

jasonwatford wrote:
mellow yellow wrote:
jasonwatford wrote:
Cant believe I read such stupid comments on here - Faraoni is pure quality and the more he gets to grip with championship football the better he will get. When we get to the Prem he will be an outstanding player.
Who is that comment aimed at?
Vag1...Why ?
Thought you might have misread my comment. I'm with you, I think the guy has real talent... And a sweet strike on him. But he should be played further up the pitch more often.
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Cant believe I read such stupid comments on here - Faraoni is pure quality and the more he gets to grip with championship football the better he will get. When we get to the Prem he will be an outstanding player.[/p][/quote]Who is that comment aimed at?[/p][/quote]Vag1...Why ?[/p][/quote]Thought you might have misread my comment. I'm with you, I think the guy has real talent... And a sweet strike on him. But he should be played further up the pitch more often. mellow yellow
  • Score: 1

7:20pm Fri 21 Mar 14

barnsey11 says...

I'll take Toszer and Vydra please, and that'd be me done shopping for the summer.
I'll take Toszer and Vydra please, and that'd be me done shopping for the summer. barnsey11
  • Score: 24

1:38am Sat 22 Mar 14

LifeLongHornet says...

Little secret for you all. This is 100% true and I can prove it: pic.twitter.com/ZuKa
mVny3H

A few weeks after the resignation of GZ, I met him on a flight where I happened to be sitting close by and couldn't help but talk to him. I asked him what the possibility is of Matej Vydra returning next year, and he said that there was a very VERY strong chance.

One of our main problems has been lack of leadership this season, would people not agree that a new goalkeeper would be a good policy (send Bondy out on loan, he will be class one day). Manuel isn't cutting it for me.

Apparently this Tozser lad is a leader, perhaps he will be captain next year when we sign him (which I am certain we will), I am yet to see him play myself but this is my feedback. A leader from the back would be great too, I don't care what nationality, as long as he can speak English I am happy. We should never have let Martin Taylor go!
Little secret for you all. This is 100% true and I can prove it: pic.twitter.com/ZuKa mVny3H A few weeks after the resignation of GZ, I met him on a flight where I happened to be sitting close by and couldn't help but talk to him. I asked him what the possibility is of Matej Vydra returning next year, and he said that there was a very VERY strong chance. One of our main problems has been lack of leadership this season, would people not agree that a new goalkeeper would be a good policy (send Bondy out on loan, he will be class one day). Manuel isn't cutting it for me. Apparently this Tozser lad is a leader, perhaps he will be captain next year when we sign him (which I am certain we will), I am yet to see him play myself but this is my feedback. A leader from the back would be great too, I don't care what nationality, as long as he can speak English I am happy. We should never have let Martin Taylor go! LifeLongHornet
  • Score: 3

8:28am Sat 22 Mar 14

corbindallas says...

So to achieve stability we need...
A new no1 keeper
Toszer to sign on
Vydra or another pacey striker in the squad
A captain who can command the squad preferrably from CD or CM
To get rid of injury prone players whoever they are!
To cut loose the players we have signed but have no interest in really e.g. Brown
To not knee jerk with the loan market and loan only players we will put in the squad
Think thats it as a priority and all is very achievable!
So to achieve stability we need... A new no1 keeper Toszer to sign on Vydra or another pacey striker in the squad A captain who can command the squad preferrably from CD or CM To get rid of injury prone players whoever they are! To cut loose the players we have signed but have no interest in really e.g. Brown To not knee jerk with the loan market and loan only players we will put in the squad Think thats it as a priority and all is very achievable! corbindallas
  • Score: 6

11:10am Sat 22 Mar 14

1234566789 says...

LifeLongHornet wrote:
Little secret for you all. This is 100% true and I can prove it: pic.twitter.com/ZuKa

mVny3H

A few weeks after the resignation of GZ, I met him on a flight where I happened to be sitting close by and couldn't help but talk to him. I asked him what the possibility is of Matej Vydra returning next year, and he said that there was a very VERY strong chance.

One of our main problems has been lack of leadership this season, would people not agree that a new goalkeeper would be a good policy (send Bondy out on loan, he will be class one day). Manuel isn't cutting it for me.

Apparently this Tozser lad is a leader, perhaps he will be captain next year when we sign him (which I am certain we will), I am yet to see him play myself but this is my feedback. A leader from the back would be great too, I don't care what nationality, as long as he can speak English I am happy. We should never have let Martin Taylor go!
So if you haven't seen Toszer you haven't been to any of the last 9 matches. Probably means you haven't seen enough of Almunia to comment on him either. Almunia has been excellent for us, for me the best since Ben Foster. I will be gutted if he decides to leave at the end of the season.
[quote][p][bold]LifeLongHornet[/bold] wrote: Little secret for you all. This is 100% true and I can prove it: pic.twitter.com/ZuKa mVny3H A few weeks after the resignation of GZ, I met him on a flight where I happened to be sitting close by and couldn't help but talk to him. I asked him what the possibility is of Matej Vydra returning next year, and he said that there was a very VERY strong chance. One of our main problems has been lack of leadership this season, would people not agree that a new goalkeeper would be a good policy (send Bondy out on loan, he will be class one day). Manuel isn't cutting it for me. Apparently this Tozser lad is a leader, perhaps he will be captain next year when we sign him (which I am certain we will), I am yet to see him play myself but this is my feedback. A leader from the back would be great too, I don't care what nationality, as long as he can speak English I am happy. We should never have let Martin Taylor go![/p][/quote]So if you haven't seen Toszer you haven't been to any of the last 9 matches. Probably means you haven't seen enough of Almunia to comment on him either. Almunia has been excellent for us, for me the best since Ben Foster. I will be gutted if he decides to leave at the end of the season. 1234566789
  • Score: 1

12:01pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Cuthbert007 says...

jasonwatford wrote:
mellow yellow wrote:
jasonwatford wrote:
Cant believe I read such stupid comments on here - Faraoni is pure quality and the more he gets to grip with championship football the better he will get. When we get to the Prem he will be an outstanding player.
Who is that comment aimed at?
Vag1...Why ?
Fabrini is class. He should be playing on the shoulder of the last defender. He has pace and silky skills and wins pens for us. Quick feet. Would reather have him up front. Deeney is a holder.
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Cant believe I read such stupid comments on here - Faraoni is pure quality and the more he gets to grip with championship football the better he will get. When we get to the Prem he will be an outstanding player.[/p][/quote]Who is that comment aimed at?[/p][/quote]Vag1...Why ?[/p][/quote]Fabrini is class. He should be playing on the shoulder of the last defender. He has pace and silky skills and wins pens for us. Quick feet. Would reather have him up front. Deeney is a holder. Cuthbert007
  • Score: 1

12:05pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Cuthbert007 says...

If we are to go up we need to get big malky back. He will take us up. Also bring in someone like cambell up front or danny ings. We need to invest in class. It will be hard to keep Toszer as im sure many better teams will be alerted by his leadership and range of passing. Too good for the Championship.
If we are to go up we need to get big malky back. He will take us up. Also bring in someone like cambell up front or danny ings. We need to invest in class. It will be hard to keep Toszer as im sure many better teams will be alerted by his leadership and range of passing. Too good for the Championship. Cuthbert007
  • Score: 0

12:07pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Cuthbert007 says...

mkhornet wrote:
I think that we have a good core in the team and with probably 3 additions (a pacy striker, a quality wing back, and a creative midfielder) plus keep Tozser and get Abdi fully fit then we'll be a handful next year.
Fully agree with you. If we had Danny Ings, Vydra or Ishmail Miller this season we would have been goin up. Need to invest.
[quote][p][bold]mkhornet[/bold] wrote: I think that we have a good core in the team and with probably 3 additions (a pacy striker, a quality wing back, and a creative midfielder) plus keep Tozser and get Abdi fully fit then we'll be a handful next year.[/p][/quote]Fully agree with you. If we had Danny Ings, Vydra or Ishmail Miller this season we would have been goin up. Need to invest. Cuthbert007
  • Score: 2

5:11pm Sat 22 Mar 14

LifeLongHornet says...

1234566789 wrote:
LifeLongHornet wrote:
Little secret for you all. This is 100% true and I can prove it: pic.twitter.com/ZuKa


mVny3H

A few weeks after the resignation of GZ, I met him on a flight where I happened to be sitting close by and couldn't help but talk to him. I asked him what the possibility is of Matej Vydra returning next year, and he said that there was a very VERY strong chance.

One of our main problems has been lack of leadership this season, would people not agree that a new goalkeeper would be a good policy (send Bondy out on loan, he will be class one day). Manuel isn't cutting it for me.

Apparently this Tozser lad is a leader, perhaps he will be captain next year when we sign him (which I am certain we will), I am yet to see him play myself but this is my feedback. A leader from the back would be great too, I don't care what nationality, as long as he can speak English I am happy. We should never have let Martin Taylor go!
So if you haven't seen Toszer you haven't been to any of the last 9 matches. Probably means you haven't seen enough of Almunia to comment on him either. Almunia has been excellent for us, for me the best since Ben Foster. I will be gutted if he decides to leave at the end of the season.
Last match I went to was the Man City game since I moved up north, but I will be at Wednesday v Watford next week. Almunia isn't a bad keeper, but quoting the players themselves, they can't understand any of his team talks. He's not the captain we need and I don't think he controls the defence well enough either. He's an excellent shot stopper though I will grant you that. Next best to Ben Foster though, I don't think so. Kuszcack (however u spell it) was better.
[quote][p][bold]1234566789[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LifeLongHornet[/bold] wrote: Little secret for you all. This is 100% true and I can prove it: pic.twitter.com/ZuKa mVny3H A few weeks after the resignation of GZ, I met him on a flight where I happened to be sitting close by and couldn't help but talk to him. I asked him what the possibility is of Matej Vydra returning next year, and he said that there was a very VERY strong chance. One of our main problems has been lack of leadership this season, would people not agree that a new goalkeeper would be a good policy (send Bondy out on loan, he will be class one day). Manuel isn't cutting it for me. Apparently this Tozser lad is a leader, perhaps he will be captain next year when we sign him (which I am certain we will), I am yet to see him play myself but this is my feedback. A leader from the back would be great too, I don't care what nationality, as long as he can speak English I am happy. We should never have let Martin Taylor go![/p][/quote]So if you haven't seen Toszer you haven't been to any of the last 9 matches. Probably means you haven't seen enough of Almunia to comment on him either. Almunia has been excellent for us, for me the best since Ben Foster. I will be gutted if he decides to leave at the end of the season.[/p][/quote]Last match I went to was the Man City game since I moved up north, but I will be at Wednesday v Watford next week. Almunia isn't a bad keeper, but quoting the players themselves, they can't understand any of his team talks. He's not the captain we need and I don't think he controls the defence well enough either. He's an excellent shot stopper though I will grant you that. Next best to Ben Foster though, I don't think so. Kuszcack (however u spell it) was better. LifeLongHornet
  • Score: -3

5:47pm Sat 22 Mar 14

1234566789 says...

LifeLongHornet wrote:
1234566789 wrote:
LifeLongHornet wrote:
Little secret for you all. This is 100% true and I can prove it: pic.twitter.com/ZuKa



mVny3H

A few weeks after the resignation of GZ, I met him on a flight where I happened to be sitting close by and couldn't help but talk to him. I asked him what the possibility is of Matej Vydra returning next year, and he said that there was a very VERY strong chance.

One of our main problems has been lack of leadership this season, would people not agree that a new goalkeeper would be a good policy (send Bondy out on loan, he will be class one day). Manuel isn't cutting it for me.

Apparently this Tozser lad is a leader, perhaps he will be captain next year when we sign him (which I am certain we will), I am yet to see him play myself but this is my feedback. A leader from the back would be great too, I don't care what nationality, as long as he can speak English I am happy. We should never have let Martin Taylor go!
So if you haven't seen Toszer you haven't been to any of the last 9 matches. Probably means you haven't seen enough of Almunia to comment on him either. Almunia has been excellent for us, for me the best since Ben Foster. I will be gutted if he decides to leave at the end of the season.
Last match I went to was the Man City game since I moved up north, but I will be at Wednesday v Watford next week. Almunia isn't a bad keeper, but quoting the players themselves, they can't understand any of his team talks. He's not the captain we need and I don't think he controls the defence well enough either. He's an excellent shot stopper though I will grant you that. Next best to Ben Foster though, I don't think so. Kuszcack (however u spell it) was better.
I have never said he should be captain. That would take the 'team talks' argument away (and I'm pretty sure Deeney and One Size were joking when they said that). As a goalkeeper we aren't going to get much better.
[quote][p][bold]LifeLongHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]1234566789[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LifeLongHornet[/bold] wrote: Little secret for you all. This is 100% true and I can prove it: pic.twitter.com/ZuKa mVny3H A few weeks after the resignation of GZ, I met him on a flight where I happened to be sitting close by and couldn't help but talk to him. I asked him what the possibility is of Matej Vydra returning next year, and he said that there was a very VERY strong chance. One of our main problems has been lack of leadership this season, would people not agree that a new goalkeeper would be a good policy (send Bondy out on loan, he will be class one day). Manuel isn't cutting it for me. Apparently this Tozser lad is a leader, perhaps he will be captain next year when we sign him (which I am certain we will), I am yet to see him play myself but this is my feedback. A leader from the back would be great too, I don't care what nationality, as long as he can speak English I am happy. We should never have let Martin Taylor go![/p][/quote]So if you haven't seen Toszer you haven't been to any of the last 9 matches. Probably means you haven't seen enough of Almunia to comment on him either. Almunia has been excellent for us, for me the best since Ben Foster. I will be gutted if he decides to leave at the end of the season.[/p][/quote]Last match I went to was the Man City game since I moved up north, but I will be at Wednesday v Watford next week. Almunia isn't a bad keeper, but quoting the players themselves, they can't understand any of his team talks. He's not the captain we need and I don't think he controls the defence well enough either. He's an excellent shot stopper though I will grant you that. Next best to Ben Foster though, I don't think so. Kuszcack (however u spell it) was better.[/p][/quote]I have never said he should be captain. That would take the 'team talks' argument away (and I'm pretty sure Deeney and One Size were joking when they said that). As a goalkeeper we aren't going to get much better. 1234566789
  • Score: 2

9:08pm Sat 22 Mar 14

garry.armstrong232@btinternet.com says...

BRING ON NEXT SEASON AN BRING BACK GRAHAM T AS MANAGER NOW HE WAS A MANAGER
BRING ON NEXT SEASON AN BRING BACK GRAHAM T AS MANAGER NOW HE WAS A MANAGER garry.armstrong232@btinternet.com
  • Score: 2

4:27pm Sun 23 Mar 14

neil-bs says...

It depends on what the word 'completely' means. I shall comment on this article in October.
It depends on what the word 'completely' means. I shall comment on this article in October. neil-bs
  • Score: 0

10:10pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Meadey39 says...

1234566789 wrote:
LifeLongHornet wrote:
Little secret for you all. This is 100% true and I can prove it: pic.twitter.com/ZuKa


mVny3H

A few weeks after the resignation of GZ, I met him on a flight where I happened to be sitting close by and couldn't help but talk to him. I asked him what the possibility is of Matej Vydra returning next year, and he said that there was a very VERY strong chance.

One of our main problems has been lack of leadership this season, would people not agree that a new goalkeeper would be a good policy (send Bondy out on loan, he will be class one day). Manuel isn't cutting it for me.

Apparently this Tozser lad is a leader, perhaps he will be captain next year when we sign him (which I am certain we will), I am yet to see him play myself but this is my feedback. A leader from the back would be great too, I don't care what nationality, as long as he can speak English I am happy. We should never have let Martin Taylor go!
So if you haven't seen Toszer you haven't been to any of the last 9 matches. Probably means you haven't seen enough of Almunia to comment on him either. Almunia has been excellent for us, for me the best since Ben Foster. I will be gutted if he decides to leave at the end of the season.
Between Foster abd Almunia we had Scott Loach and occasionally Richard Lee. Almunia is hgetting older, injury prone, gaffe prone (as he was at Arsenal). He is on the decline, needs to be more consistent.
[quote][p][bold]1234566789[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LifeLongHornet[/bold] wrote: Little secret for you all. This is 100% true and I can prove it: pic.twitter.com/ZuKa mVny3H A few weeks after the resignation of GZ, I met him on a flight where I happened to be sitting close by and couldn't help but talk to him. I asked him what the possibility is of Matej Vydra returning next year, and he said that there was a very VERY strong chance. One of our main problems has been lack of leadership this season, would people not agree that a new goalkeeper would be a good policy (send Bondy out on loan, he will be class one day). Manuel isn't cutting it for me. Apparently this Tozser lad is a leader, perhaps he will be captain next year when we sign him (which I am certain we will), I am yet to see him play myself but this is my feedback. A leader from the back would be great too, I don't care what nationality, as long as he can speak English I am happy. We should never have let Martin Taylor go![/p][/quote]So if you haven't seen Toszer you haven't been to any of the last 9 matches. Probably means you haven't seen enough of Almunia to comment on him either. Almunia has been excellent for us, for me the best since Ben Foster. I will be gutted if he decides to leave at the end of the season.[/p][/quote]Between Foster abd Almunia we had Scott Loach and occasionally Richard Lee. Almunia is hgetting older, injury prone, gaffe prone (as he was at Arsenal). He is on the decline, needs to be more consistent. Meadey39
  • Score: 0

10:26pm Sat 29 Mar 14

PozzoHornet says...

Cuthbert007 wrote:
jasonwatford wrote:
mellow yellow wrote:
jasonwatford wrote:
Cant believe I read such stupid comments on here - Faraoni is pure quality and the more he gets to grip with championship football the better he will get. When we get to the Prem he will be an outstanding player.
Who is that comment aimed at?
Vag1...Why ?
Fabrini is class. He should be playing on the shoulder of the last defender. He has pace and silky skills and wins pens for us. Quick feet. Would reather have him up front. Deeney is a holder.
Fabbrini cannot and, more importantly to your suggestion, WILL not, play on the shoulder of the last man. When playing upfront he will always drop deep to receive the ball and (attempt to) drive forward with it. He is too weak to play on the shoulder and not as fast as you seem to think. On a good day, he can go past a man, but the quick feet you mention will be no use when whichever massive lump of a centre half is breathing down his neck as he receives the ball at his feet with back to goal. Besides, he rarely has a good day, and most often picks up the ball on the left, dilly dallys on the ball for a bit, ends up trying to cut inside, but inevitably gets tackled because even the most remedial of defenders can figure out he's dreadfully one footed.
[quote][p][bold]Cuthbert007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Cant believe I read such stupid comments on here - Faraoni is pure quality and the more he gets to grip with championship football the better he will get. When we get to the Prem he will be an outstanding player.[/p][/quote]Who is that comment aimed at?[/p][/quote]Vag1...Why ?[/p][/quote]Fabrini is class. He should be playing on the shoulder of the last defender. He has pace and silky skills and wins pens for us. Quick feet. Would reather have him up front. Deeney is a holder.[/p][/quote]Fabbrini cannot and, more importantly to your suggestion, WILL not, play on the shoulder of the last man. When playing upfront he will always drop deep to receive the ball and (attempt to) drive forward with it. He is too weak to play on the shoulder and not as fast as you seem to think. On a good day, he can go past a man, but the quick feet you mention will be no use when whichever massive lump of a centre half is breathing down his neck as he receives the ball at his feet with back to goal. Besides, he rarely has a good day, and most often picks up the ball on the left, dilly dallys on the ball for a bit, ends up trying to cut inside, but inevitably gets tackled because even the most remedial of defenders can figure out he's dreadfully one footed. PozzoHornet
  • Score: 0

8:25am Sun 30 Mar 14

Cuthbert007 says...

PozzoHornet wrote:
Cuthbert007 wrote:
jasonwatford wrote:
mellow yellow wrote:
jasonwatford wrote:
Cant believe I read such stupid comments on here - Faraoni is pure quality and the more he gets to grip with championship football the better he will get. When we get to the Prem he will be an outstanding player.
Who is that comment aimed at?
Vag1...Why ?
Fabrini is class. He should be playing on the shoulder of the last defender. He has pace and silky skills and wins pens for us. Quick feet. Would reather have him up front. Deeney is a holder.
Fabbrini cannot and, more importantly to your suggestion, WILL not, play on the shoulder of the last man. When playing upfront he will always drop deep to receive the ball and (attempt to) drive forward with it. He is too weak to play on the shoulder and not as fast as you seem to think. On a good day, he can go past a man, but the quick feet you mention will be no use when whichever massive lump of a centre half is breathing down his neck as he receives the ball at his feet with back to goal. Besides, he rarely has a good day, and most often picks up the ball on the left, dilly dallys on the ball for a bit, ends up trying to cut inside, but inevitably gets tackled because even the most remedial of defenders can figure out he's dreadfully one footed.
Sorry but you are wrong. I am a seaskn ticket holder and go all games. I know a decent player when I see one. The thing is he needs to be hiven 10 full games to get in to it. Nit being sub every week. And as you say a big lump of a defender will be onto him. Thatsvtrue but 7 times out of 10 he will win us a pen. He has quick feet. Also he has been told to drop deep but I say better to be on the last man and use his speed. Deeney looks unfit and over weight. Seems a struggle at times to close the ball down. So yes Fabrini is the choice for me. If he can play serie A then he can play championship. ...........
[quote][p][bold]PozzoHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cuthbert007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Cant believe I read such stupid comments on here - Faraoni is pure quality and the more he gets to grip with championship football the better he will get. When we get to the Prem he will be an outstanding player.[/p][/quote]Who is that comment aimed at?[/p][/quote]Vag1...Why ?[/p][/quote]Fabrini is class. He should be playing on the shoulder of the last defender. He has pace and silky skills and wins pens for us. Quick feet. Would reather have him up front. Deeney is a holder.[/p][/quote]Fabbrini cannot and, more importantly to your suggestion, WILL not, play on the shoulder of the last man. When playing upfront he will always drop deep to receive the ball and (attempt to) drive forward with it. He is too weak to play on the shoulder and not as fast as you seem to think. On a good day, he can go past a man, but the quick feet you mention will be no use when whichever massive lump of a centre half is breathing down his neck as he receives the ball at his feet with back to goal. Besides, he rarely has a good day, and most often picks up the ball on the left, dilly dallys on the ball for a bit, ends up trying to cut inside, but inevitably gets tackled because even the most remedial of defenders can figure out he's dreadfully one footed.[/p][/quote]Sorry but you are wrong. I am a seaskn ticket holder and go all games. I know a decent player when I see one. The thing is he needs to be hiven 10 full games to get in to it. Nit being sub every week. And as you say a big lump of a defender will be onto him. Thatsvtrue but 7 times out of 10 he will win us a pen. He has quick feet. Also he has been told to drop deep but I say better to be on the last man and use his speed. Deeney looks unfit and over weight. Seems a struggle at times to close the ball down. So yes Fabrini is the choice for me. If he can play serie A then he can play championship. ........... Cuthbert007
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